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Rich in myth, mystery, warmth and wit– a touching novel about what it means to be alive.

When April Turner’s small son is killed by a car, she decides she is no longer entitled to anything but the barest of lives. Five years on, she has shed everything and everyone she loves, and expects to be this way forever. Then a letter arrives from an English solicitor, informing Apri
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 2nd 2015 by Random House NZ Black Swan
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Mycoton32
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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16/20 - L'intrigue nous entraine très facilement et nous fait vivre chaque instant avec les personnages d'une agréable manière !!
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Amy
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I'm torn with this one. The writing is fantastic, as is the imagery. The whole thing was vivid in my mind as I read, and the story was far deeper than just some "chick lit" trope. I particularly liked how April was unwinding a mystery from the past as she revived the old house (and, much to her surprise, herself). Also very much enjoyed the mirroring with the seasons.

The flaw I found was April herself. The idea of her "punishing" herself and living the acetic lifestyle seems interesting, but pla
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Clarabel
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: secret-houses
En apprenant qu'elle est l'héritière d'une propriété en Angleterre, April envisage sérieusement d'y renoncer puis finit par se rendre sur place par curiosité. La demeure est imposante mais dans un triste état. Le notaire est prêt à lui accorder le temps nécessaire pour entreprendre les travaux et changer d'avis sous l'influence de sa voisine qui lui raconte les années dorées du domaine.
Un certain Oran vient donc lui prêter main forte. Sous ses dehors bourrus, le type se montre coopératif et effi
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Ingrid Fasquelle
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depuis que son petit garçon a été tué dans un accident de voiture, April Turner ne vit plus. Rongée par le poids des remords et la culpabilité, elle mène une vie terne et monotone, s’interdisant toutes formes de bonheur et de réjouissances. Lorsqu’elle apprend qu’elle est l’héritière d’une vieille propriété délabrée en Angleterre, elle décide de se rendre temporairement sur le vieux continent afin de percer les secrets de cet étrange héritage…
Sur place, au contact de personnages étonnants et pou
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Sue
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this read, for a number of reasons. Top of the list would be the portrayal of the English countryside, which as an ex-pat I miss an awful lot. Well, in the middle of an unfeasibly long and miserable Auckland winter I do, anyway. So much so that I had to put this book aside for a while as it was making me too homesick.

In Hiding Places, Catherine Robertson takes the good things about England and magnifies them, so the main characters are witty, warm, intelligent and quirky, there are stil
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Nadine
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Was ok. Didn’t like the ending. But didn’t give up on it either. Has enough to keep you reading on to the end. Every read is subjective, just because I don’t rate it very highly don’t let that stop you, you have to make up your own mind. That’s the beauty of books, one person’s so-so is another’s best book I’ve read this year.
Bronwen Evans
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
No one can write quirky characters like Ms Robertson. Her strength is then allowing them to tell their stories in their voice. A past meets present story of lives and loves. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I believe there is a free follow up novella MAY DAY available. http://amzn.to/1Kl3raz
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Lectrice-lambda
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un grand merci aux éditions Charleston pour m'avoir envoyé ce manuscrit en avant-première dans le cadre de l'aventure Lectrice Charleston 2017.

« La maison aux secrets » de Catherine Robertson met en scène April, une femme qui décide de vivre une vie austère et sans plaisir suite au décès de son fils.
Cependant, son quotidien va être chamboulé lorsqu’elle va hériter, d'un lointain parent, d’une propriété en Angleterre. Elle va alors quitter la Nouvelle-Zélande pour se charger de la vente de cette
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LaBibliodeCaro
Best-seller en Nouvelle-Zélande et lauréat du Nelson Public Library Award, La maison aux secrets s’annonçait comme un roman bouleversant sur le thème du deuil. L’idée que le personnage principal, April Turner se rende en Angleterre pour une affaire d’héritage ajoutait une pointe de mystère qui me plaisait. Au fond, je ne sais pas trop à quoi je m’attendais entre la couverture aux allures de Downton Abbey et le titre évocateur, mais je dois bien avouer qu’en dépit des qualités du roman, je reste ...more
Armalite
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depuis que son petit garçon est mort dans un accident dont elle se considère responsable, April Turner mène une vie d'ascète, se refusant tout ce qui pourrait lui apporter la moindre joie. Le jour où elle apprend qu'elle a hérité d'une propriété à l'abandon, elle pense d'abord la faire vendre par le notaire sans même aller la voir, puis donner l'argent à une bonne oeuvre. Mais une attirance irrésistible la pousse à prendre l'avion pour se rendre en Angleterre. Et toute sa réticence ne peut rien ...more
Karen
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this book really hard to get into, and it took me much longer to finish than usual - 3 days. One problem was the main character April, who is deeply depressed after the death of her son & has embarked on a life of denial and self-punishment. Unfortunately this makes her very boring to read about, and I'm afraid my sympathy ran out. The other problem was Jack, the man April has a relationship with, which brings her to life again (!). It's unclear whether we've drifted into magical realism ...more
Celine
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pal-2018
J'ai bien aimé, sans plus. Les descriptions un peu trop nombreuses sur le jardinage prennent trop souvent le pas sur l'intrigue et les personnages. J'ai eu du mal à m'attacher à eux, exception faite de Sunny. Les secrets autour de la maison et de James sont un peu décevants et je trouve l'ensemble inabouti.
2,5/5
Theodore Carlos
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
One of the First Reads Giveaways books left on my to-read list. Can't wait to get though them all, including this one. Always a good time discovering new authors and reading without expectations.
Isabelle
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lectures-2017
Histoire lassante, j'avais le goût de secouer l'héroïne.
Corinne Johnston
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this, but it didn't seem to know where it was going; suspense, romance, historical fiction...
Karine Darnessy
Une lecture en demi-teinte. Les secrets sont bien fades à mon goûts. Mon avis complet via le lien.
https://songedunenuitdete.com/2017/02...
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
I won The Hiding Places in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway; thank you to Penguin Random House New Zealand for giving me a free copy! And also, thank you for the small handwritten note enclosed in the book -  I appreciate such small, lovely sentiments.

Phew, this book took me so long to finish (two months! I am ashamed of myself), but, I am glad that I finally did. My initial impression was that it was a slow book - too slow for my taste. However, this book encourages patience; it is a slow-movin
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Thesincouch
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is the kind of book that I was vacationing in some beach and I had hours and hours to just sunbathe and read. The pace doesn't hurry at any point and instead the plot develops at its own rhythm and in a very satisfactory manner. I really enjoyed the flashbacks to the past, which I don't normally do so, because they give the reader an omnipresent POV. The characters might not now the full story, but you do. The characters were really well done. I liked them all (except James and Lily) and I ...more
Angela Oliver
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have previously enjoyed Catherine Robertson's more chick-lit-styled titles, and thus eagerly snatched up her latest publication. It is not like the earlier ones, this is more of a foray into the merging of historic and contempory, in a similar manner to Belinda Alexander and Kate Morton - two of my favourite "women's literature" authors. Two time-streams alternate here: the modern storyline, in which April Turner, a grieving mother, has sentenced herself to a life devoid of any beauty and colo ...more
Diane Warrington
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was very difficult to put down once I got into it. At times I found April's self punishment over the death of her son a bit annoying, however, who is to know how any one would deal with such an awful situation. I liked the clever intertwining of the stories from two different times and how real the characters were. I also enjoyed how like-able and engaging they were. I particularly liked the clever and loving repartee between Edward and Sunny.

However it is Jack I found intriguing and I migh
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Maggie Rainey-Smith
A well written novel - witty, romantic and quirky, interesting characters. The novel explores grief through the central character April in present time, but there's a back story from an earlier period and I particularly enjoyed this extra thread and the character Sunny who straddles both time zones (although, there is also very romantic character who may or may not be from both time zones). The dialogue is a feature of this novel - snappy and witty. If you're interested in the restoration detail ...more
Sue
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Great writing, a cast of interesting characters and a real depth to the story.
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#1 best-selling New Zealand author, Catherine Robertson was born in Wellington, New Zealand. She left for a while to live in San Francisco and Buckinghamshire, but is now back home. She divides her time between Wellington and Hawke's Bay. All five of her novels have been #1 on the NZ bestsellers list. Her fourth, The Hiding Places, also won the Nelson Libraries 2015 NZ Fiction Book of the Year . H ...more

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